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Short Passes 1 July (updated Tuesday)


There are two weeks left in the Jubilee Cup and Hardham Cup competitions before the semi-finals and, if you count Petone (need calculators to come out) there are still six teams chasing four spots for the playoffs in both competitions. Plus home semi-finals need to be earned. Similarly, the Division 1 Colts competition is also

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No teams qualified yet after high scoring round of club rugby


None of the 14 teams in the Premier Jubilee Cup and Premier Reserve Hardham Cup competitions have qualified for the semi-finals, with two two rounds now to play before the knockout rounds commence. On a day of high scoring, only Poneke in the Jubilee Cup and Johnsonville and Paremata-Plimmerton in the Hardham Cup are officially

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Short Passes 24 June


Above: Action from the HOBM-Poneke Jubilee Cup match on Saturday. More photos and video of this game on social media channels.  A terrific weekend of rugby around Wellington just gone, setting up an enthralling final three weeks of round-robin Jubilee Cup and Hardham Cup. View the Results & Standings HERE There are several school matches

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Aisle be Back: Hurricanes v Bulls (quarterfinal)


By Kevin McCarthy It would be a cruel heart which was not sorry for the South African cricketers this week, who having dug themselves into a hole, then proceed to keep looking in the bottom of it for a way out. I personally was sorry for them. But then after about 10 seconds, I thought,

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This week in history: 10-16 June


In association with the Bond Street Sports Bar on Bond Street in Wellington, some highlights from this week in Wellington club rugby history are below. 10 June 1961: Petone snaps a four-year first round losing streak to Onslow, beating them 9-3 and retaining their three-point lead at the top of the table after seven rounds. Petone maintain their

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Short Passes 10 June


Above – Scott Waldom scored two tries on Saturday, you can’t teach an old wolf new tricks. A bumper weekend of rugby just gone, and it gets better. Confirmed school rugby this Wednesday at St Pat’s Silverstream and Porirua Park. The Silverstream First XV hosts Christchurch’s St Bede’s College at 11.00am at Silverstream No. 1.

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Short Passes 3 June (Queen’s Birthday Monday)


UPDATE: In Monday’s rugby, the Manawatu XV beaten the Wellington XV 47-40 in their match in perfect conditions at the Levin Domain. Wellington had the better of the first half, and were 26-7 at one stage. Manawatu counterattacked and scored some long-range tries to close the score to 33-21 at halftime. Both sides made some

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Short Passes – 27 May


  UPDATE: The second round draws are out and are on the WRFU draws & results website HERE  How close were matters being different on Saturday afternoon? If MSP had denied Ories a bonus point at the Polo Ground, then it would have been the Magpies headed to the Hardham Cup. Similarly if Poneke didn’t

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Short Passes – 20 May


Above: Like a rare bird sighting, Johnsonville tries have been few and far between this season so far. Here Hawks right wing Rohan Rawlings dives through to score on Saturday against the Upper Hutt Rams. The Rams won 34-17. PHOTO: Peter McDonald.  A massive Saturday coming up in the Swindale Shield. While Hutt Old Boys

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Short Passes -13 May


        There are two rounds to play in the Premier Swindale Shield competition. Will Hutt Old Boys Marist win the first round competition? Can Oriental-Rongotai regroup from their heavy loss to Wainuiomata on Saturday to beat the Eagles this coming Saturday? Who make and miss out on the ‘top 7’? Follow the

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